Health Benefit Sounding Board 2017

Tourism and health do not exclude each other - but they do not necessarily form a synergy! The purpose of the convention is to present the activities and results of the campaign in 2017 and evaluate them. Combined with this procedure, plans for the next period – 2018 – should be made.

Start

14/12/2017 - 14:00

End

14/12/2017 - 17:00

Address

Hofburg, Vienna, Austria   View map

HEALTH BENEFIT SOUNDING BOARD 2017

Health and wellness tourism are boomed and offer great opportunities for both, providers and consumers. However, if wellness or health is written on "the package", that doesn't mean it's also included.
The lack of information related to sick people in tourism is often the reason for insecurity and cause for a "passive" life without holidays.

Sounding Board objectives

To define campaign guidelines for 2018 with regard to the needs of:
– SICK PEOPLE – maintaining their independence and self-determination.
– FAMILIES – making changes in their everyday life to prevent exhaustion.
– PHYSICIANS AND CAREGIVERS – extending health-promoting measures and gaining trust.
– TOURISM SERVICE PROVIDERS – improving customer communication and expanding their offers.

Highlights

Keynote speakers to give short statements about the results of the questionnaire as an impulse for further discussion in sounding board (roundtables).

PRIORITIES IN LIFE

Housing
Health
Family
Nutrition
Hobby
Holiday
Travel
Job

QUALITY OF LIFE

How important is it for sick people to maintain their independence and self-determination while on holiday?
How important are changes to everyday life, such as travel and holidays, for avoiding exhaustion and fatigue?
How important are physicians and other persons in recommending and preparing their patients for a trip?
How important is the communication between tourism providers and sick guests?

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Insurance companies care about the health of their insured persons and refund them expenses for health improvement services, such as for example wellness and recreation?
Companies take care of the health of their employees. Which possibilities are familiar to you?

HEALTH & HOLIDAYS

Holidays and travel are good for healthy and for sick people?
Adequate information in tourism is important for sick people and their families to make a decision about traveling?
Do you think that sick people are stigmatized (undesirable) in tourism?

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Do you feel healthy?
Do you visit health resorts or spas?
Do you give more attention to your health or your beauty?

MEDICAL TOURISM

What you would do for your health outside your place of residence:
Purchase medications
Use natural healing factors
Wellness
Medical examination
Medical treatment
Surgery
Rehabilitation
Alternative medicine
The obstacles that inhibit you in searching treatment outside your place of residence. (Domestic and foreign):
Language barrier
Our medicine is good enough
No trust in foreign doctors
Insurance does not pay
Travel and accommodation costs are too high
The impossibility of controlling the costs

SECOND HOME

Many people have a place they visit regularly to rest. Some spend several months in a year outside their main residence. Which priorities they have?
Peace
Good food
Good market and food supply
The offer of entertainment, culture and sport facilities
A family that spends time with me
The offer of health services
The offer of wellness services
Integration and possibility to participate in local activities

HOLIDAYS WITH CHALLENGE

Do sick people need preparation or accompaniment for hiking and mountaineering?
Do sick people need preparation or accompaniment for skiing and sledding?
Do sick people need preparation or accompaniment for sailing and other water activities?

TRAVEL HABITS

Do you travel?
How often do you travel?
How do you like to travel?

Linking Sessions - roundtables

These working sessions are moderated by a sounding board leader, so that the focus stays on topic and all participants get a chance to speak. It is a result-oriented exchange of views.
Compiled results are collected, brought together and presented at the podium. The conclusion is a final open discussion about the presented issues.

Sounding board participants

National and International authorities
Healthcare, Tourism, Real Estate and Insurance professionals
NGO Leaders
Healthcare coordinators and facilitators

Application

For keynote speakers & sound board leader
To be submitted at the latest by 10 November 2017

For sounding board participants
To be submitted at the latest by 30 November 2017

SOUNDING BOARD: A sounding board is someone with whom you can try out an idea or practice having a discussion with. The reaction of your sounding board gives you an idea of how your potential audience might react. (vocabulary.com) Someone who listens to your ideas and opinions and tells you whether they think they are good or not. (macmillandictionary.com) Sounding board may also be used figuratively to describe a person who listens to a speech or a proposal so that the speaker may rehearse or explore the proposition more fully. When that person listens and responds with comments, they provide a perspective that would not otherwise be available through introspection or thought alone. (wikipedia.org)

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